Cancer of the Larynx: One Patient’s Journey

    Brian Easton Prologue This arises from an invitation by Head and Neck Cancer Support Aotearoa to set down my recent experiences. A writer always asks, who am I writing for? It would be pointless to write for those who have already had treatment; most...

A New Normal

A New Normal An interesting term I have run into during my cancer journey is the term ‘a new normal’. I have heard many times that things will ‘return to normal’ after MOHS surgery or similar dermatological procedures. A ‘new normal’ was a little different. Things...

Fibreoptic intubation: an uncomfortable procedure

Awake intubation via the nose As a repeat cancer patient I’ve spent 20 years toughening myself up for medical procedures. If you’re going to be nervous about needles and other brief but maybe painful assaults on your body, you’re going to have a...

Tongue cancer: Nicky’s story

Nicky’s story This is the beginning of Nicky’s story which was published on stuff.co.nz in 2020. Hearing the very sad news that the legendary Eddie Van Halen passed away from throat cancer, I thought it timely to tell my story. In August, 2017 I developed...

Delay in diagnosis: Denyse

Denyse: My Head and Neck Cancer Diagnosis. I now live in a New South Wales area called the Central Coast, an hour north of Sydney. Before we moved here in 2015, I had been instructed my then dentists to “clean more carefully” around the back of the bridge with 5 teeth...